Ken Pagan: Is 'Stand-Up Guy' the Wild-Card Game Beer Can Tosser?

Blue Jays spokesperson Erik Grossman said the alleged booze pitcher was not ejected from the game because they'd already vanished by the time police arrived to investigate. When asked if they would be going to arrest him, the spokeswoman said more information should be released Thursday morning.

Despite reports that investigators may have the wrong suspect, Toronto police say they are "confident" they have correctly identified the fan who threw a beer can at a Baltimore Orioles outfielder during the Toronto Blue Jays American League wild-card game Tuesday.

"I was drinking out of a cup", Pagan, whose attorney advised him not to speak about the incident, told Postmedia, according to the Sun.

Kim's teammate, center fielder Adam Jones, who said he heard racial slurs after the can was thrown, called the beer toss incident "pathetic", and noted Kim could have been badly injured.

As Orioles outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim positioned himself to make the successful catch for the third out, the can came flying out from the stands, narrowly missing Kim.

Pagan's lawyer, Tyler Smith, said he was charged with one count of mischief upon entering the station.

Fake accounts quickly sprouted, including Ken Pagan's Beer and some people made comparisons to Harambe, the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla shot dead after a three-year-old boy climbed into his enclosure. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 24.

Pagan is a sports copy editor at Postmedia's head office in Hamilton, senior executives confirmed to Global News Wednesday. He added there were Twitter photos showing a cup in his hand after the can was thrown.

After winning 5-2 in 11 innings Tuesday night, the Blue Jays issued a statement saying they felt "extreme disappointment" that tarnished "an otherwise memorable night".

Major League Baseball has spoken with the Toronto Blue Jays about banning cans from the seats at Rogers Centre. The incident has gone viral on social media, with thousands of fans searching through footage of the game for the culprit.

The Blue Jays announced plans to enforce "heightened security measures and alcohol policies that will ensure the fan experience and safety of everybody involved".

  • Julie Sanders